The Kentucky Election Commission said Thursday that voters in the city of Lexington, Ky., who have not previously voted in a Kentucky primary will cast their ballots for the first time in this year’s election.

The commission said voters who have registered to vote will have to wait until the end of the year to cast their ballot.

Kentucky Election Commission officials said the commission is encouraging all voters to vote early to encourage turnout.

More than 20,000 people registered to participate in the primary this year, officials said.

The state is expected to add 2,000 new primary voters in 2019, bringing the total to 8,700 voters, the commission said.